Party raises cash for garden furniture at mental health unit

Worcester News: Worcestershire Health and Care Trust occupational therapist Rachel Smallbone and occupational therapy clinical support worker Beverley Powell Worcestershire Health and Care Trust occupational therapist Rachel Smallbone and occupational therapy clinical support worker Beverley Powell

A GARDEN party at a mental health unit in Worcester raised £400 to help patients enjoy the open air.

The event at the Elgar Unit in Newtown Hospital on Wednesday, July 9 included cake stalls, a raffle and a name the bear competition and raised cash to buy garden furniture for the occupational therapy department.

Adult inpatient occupational therapy team leader at Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust – which runs the unit – Prisca Cocker said she was “delighted” by the amount that had been raised.

“This money will definitely make a difference for our patients with mental health issues, for whom spending time in the garden can have a very positive impact,” she said.

The inpatient unit runs two gardening groups a week, allowing patients to cultivate seeds, plant flowers and grow vegetables as part of their treatment.

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